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Dreadful situation needs our help

We were presented with an awful situation, a young woman in her late teens, very vulnerable had lost her mother at the start of this month when her mother died, leaving her alone in a large housing association property without any income or access to any money.  She is estranged from her family so is completely on her own and needs to arrange things like the funeral for instance, and to find out if she will have the right to stay in her home, given it was rented in her mother's name.  She has been helped to open a bank account, but is without any food or means to buy any.  Our agents, a local welfare rights group, are helping her to apply for benefits and will assist her going forward, along with the local mental health team.  In the interim we agreed to send her £100 to be able to top up the gas and electricity meters and to buy some food.

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Woman sanctioned by DWP following death of her partner

We were approached regarding a woman who has recently lost her partner and is under serious stress at the moment, due to other issues beside this.  With all this stress she missed an appointment with the DWP and as a result her money has been sanctioned and won't be back in payment for at least four weeks.  She has some arrears regarding her rent and council tax, and no money to pay bills or buy food.  We were asked if we could consider helping her out in the interim.  We agreed to send her £100 to hopefully tide her over until her payments can restart.

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Grieving man struggling to cope

This case was brought to us because our contacts needed help for a man they are helping, a former alcoholic.  His partner died two weeks ago and he has been struggling to cope with the breavement and also staying on top of his need to drink.  He is supported by an outreach project and is travelling there everyday, taking a day at a time to stay on top of things.  The cost to get there is seriously eating into the money he has available and following the funeral things are seriously going downhill.  He also suffers with depression and anxiety and has applied for PIP (Personal Independence Payments) as he is already in receipt of Employment Support Allowance.  We agreed to send him £150 to keep him going, as the application for PIP will take at least 8 weeks to get sorted, and he is currently paying £17 a week for a bus pass which he is using daily to get to his alcoholism support group.

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A very sad case that needs help

Our client was brought to our attention by our agents.  He is a single father, following the death last year of his wife, when she was killed in a road traffic accident, having walked out in front of a lorry.  He has two sons, both of whom are disabled, and as young adults, the child benefit and child tax credits have now stopped being paid.  Both boys are unable to work, due to their disabilities, so he has put in an application for Employment Support Allowance, but that is goint to take some time to be processed.  Everyone in the house is very down, and the boys are understandably missing their mum, but they are equally concerned about their father, who is depressed, overwhelmed and crying.  The house was freezing cold when our agents visited them, and this was due to them being unable to put any money on the cards to pay for any gas or electricity.  The prospects for their Christmas do not look good.

We agreed between us that we would send over £250 as there are three adults that need help.  Hopefully they'll be able to put the heating on, buy some food and be able to cook some meals.  An offer of hope at a desperate time, which without you all donating to us regularly we would not be able to do, so thank you.

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Lady struggling with debt to energy company

Our agents contacted us about a lady in her 50s with a heart condition, who had been registered as a carer for her sister, who sadly has now passed.  While struggling to grieve, she applied for ESA but had problems maintaining contact with her doctor and is now no longer claiming.  Her family have stepped in and are feeding her, but she has debt on her gas account, which means with very limited income she is struggling to meet the demands of the debt.  This also means she cannot afford to put her heating on, which she needs to be able to do right now.  Our agents are going to help her with her benefits, and have applied for a grant on her behalf to clear the debt, but it is not likely that they will hear back either way until the worst of this bad weather is over.  

The lady was in debt with her bank account, so transferring money to her would have been fruitless, as the banks would have just sucked it up in fees or overdraft.  Our agents have challenged the bank charges, which have been refunded, which has cleared the overdraft.  We agreed to transfer enough money, £110 to clear the debt with the gas company, so that she can put her heating back on again.

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Grieving girlfriend struggling to manage

Our client was a young woman, who having recently begun a work trial, with the hopes of getting a permanent job from it, was hit with the news that her boyfriend had been involved in an accident and killed.  Unfortunately, her new employer wasn't able to keep the position available for her, while they didn't know how long she'd need off work to grieve.  To make matters worse, she's been kicked out of where she was living, and is now staying with a relative, who is supporting her to the extent of making sure she takes her medication okay.  So she's been left with no income, no home, no boyfriend, but is being chased for debts.  We were asked if we could offer a small amount of money to help her somewhat.  We agreed to send £100 to her to help her out.

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Grieving girlfriend struggling to manage

Our client was a young woman, who having recently begun a work trial, with the hopes of getting a permanent job from it, was hit with the news that her boyfriend had been involved in an accident and killed.  Unfortunately, her new employer wasn't able to keep the position available for her, while they didn't know how long she'd need off work to grieve.  To make matters worse, she's been kicked out of where she was living, and is now staying with a relative, who is supporting her to the extent of making sure she takes her medication okay.  So she's been left with no income, no home, no boyfriend, but is being chased for debts.  We were asked if we could offer a small amount of money to help her somewhat.  We agreed to send £100 to her to help her out.

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